The Commandant established a Strategic Vision Group (SVG) in
June of 2007 . The group was created in order to aid General
Conway to posture the Marine Corps for the future. With a small
dedicated cell, and connecting files to our current and past
leadership and the operating forces, the group has been working
now for a year to fulfill its charter.
The SVG was charged to assess the emerging and future security
environment facing the United States and potential adversaries.
The initial mark given for future environments was 2025 . After
assessing the range of potential futures and the changing character
of conflict, the SVG was tasked with determining the implications
to national security and proposing steps to ensure the Marine
Corps' continued readiness.
The SVG assessment was informed by a number of studies such
as the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, National Intelligence
Council assessments, the U. S. Joint Forces Command's Joint
Operational Environment, and the Marine Corps Intelligence
Activity mid- and long-range threat estimates. The SVG also
reached out to U.S. and allied studies, fostered relationships with
similar cells in sister Services, and consulted with business and
academic experts to define the strategic and operational
environment that the Marine Corps will find itself in tomorrow.
The synthesis of these assessments and the future force
implications led to the development of an updated Marine Corps
Vision and Strategy publication. This document is excerpted
below. It provides a comprehensive, actionable, and compelling
narrative that ensures the Marine Corps' continued service as the
Nation's "force in readiness." A full version can be found in the
publications section at www. marines mil along with additional
information on the SVG home page, listed under the MCBQ
Activities tab at www. quant ico .usmc mil .
Marine Corps Vision and Strategy 2025
Table of Contents
Purpose and Role in the Future Security Environment . .3
Marine Corps Values, Principles, and Competencies . .5
Marine Corps Vision 2025 10
Strategy Statement and Objectives for 2025 15
Our Nation faces challenges that are global
in reach and scope. While today's Marines are
performing superbly in every clime and place,
our institution must also devote attention to
tomorrow's threats and opportunities.
It is our obligation to subsequent
generations of Marines, and to our Nation, to
always have an eye to the future — to prepare
for tomorrow's challenges today. This Vision
and Strategy document confirms who we are, what we believe, and
what we do. It establishes the foundation for our operational
concepts and identifies the critical steps needed to shape our Corps
for an increasingly volatile and uncertain future. It is grounded
firmly in our legislated role as the Nation's "force in readiness,"
and it will guide our Service so that we are properly organized,
trained, equipped, and prepared for tomorrow's challenges.
With little warning, our Nation calls its Corps of Marines front
and center during its most challenging times. Responding rapidly to
crisis and strategic surprise is an integral part of our history as a
Corps. In the South Pacific after Pearl Harbor, in Korea after the
communist invasion in 1950, in the jungle outposts of Viet Nam, in
the deserts of Southwest Asia, and in the mountains of Afghanistan
— Marines have distinguished themselves as an expeditionary,
multicapable force able to respond and win battles for our Nation.
We have been prepared in the past because we understood that a
force in readiness must be well-trained, broadly educated, and
properly equipped for employment across all forms of warfare. We
believe the individual Marine is the most formidable weapon on
today's battlefield and will remain so tomorrow. Whatever the
future holds, our emphasis on making Marines will not change.
Expeditionary excellence requires Marines who are morally,
physically, and mentally tough. Marines must be agile, capable of
transitioning seamlessly between fighting, training, advising, and
assisting — or performing all of these tasks simultaneously.
Though our Corps has recently proven itself in "sustained
operations ashore," future operational environments will place a
premium on agile expeditionary forces, able to act with
unprecedented speed and versatility in austere conditions against a
wide range of adversaries. We must be a two fisted fighter — able
to destroy enemy formations with our scalable air- ground -logistics
teams in major contingencies, but equally able to employ our hard
earned irregular warfare skills honed over decades of conflict. Our
Corps must serve credibly as a persistently engaged and
multicapable force, able to draw upon contributions from our Total
Force, in order to address the full range of contingencies the future
will undoubtedly present. In short, we must be prepared to move
with speed, "live hard," and accomplish any mission.
This document details my vision of the future Corps and a plan
for creating the Marine Corps of 2025 . The future Marine Corps
will fulfill its unique role and extend its legacy as the world's
premier expeditionary fighting force. To enhance its operational
utility to combatant commanders, the Corps will be preventative in
approach, leaner in equipment, versatile in capabilities, innovative
in mindset, and increasingly reliant on naval deployment.
Marines are a breed apart — born of epic battles and tempered in
the ultimate crucible of combat. We will carry our rich legacy
forward and continue to honorably serve our Nation. The Marine
Corps is committed to providing the Nation its expeditionary
"Force of Choice" for tomorrow's challenges.
James T. Conway
General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Purpose and Role in the Future Security
The purpose of the vision and strategy document is to inform all
Marines where we intend to take our Corps, to give combatant
commanders a concept of how we might best be employed, and to
provide our civilian leadership a reference point as to how we see
Marine Corps contributions to national defense in the coming years
and decades. This document is grounded in the Marine Corps'
identity, ethos, values, and competencies. It serves as the principal
strategic planning document for our Corps and reflects our
legislated roles, functions, and composition. Derived from strategic
guidance at the national and departmental level, it illustrates our
utility and value within the joint warfighting community.
The vision section describes a Marine Corps adapting to fulfill
our role in the Nation's defense in an inherently unpredictable
future. It is founded on our enduring characteristics and capabilities,
but also reflects shifts in posture and practice designed to enhance
today's Corps for tomorrow's challenges. The strategy section lays
out a strategy statement as well as a set of institutional objectives to
realize the vision and meet the challenges of the 21 st century.
Our Service capstone concept and supporting operating concepts
will flow from the vision and strategy, as will the more detailed
plans of the deputy commandants and subordinate commanders.
The development of these plans will be directed by the
Implementation Planning Guidance which will be published in
subsequent documents. Together these documents will provide an
actionable plan to ensure the Corps preserves its fundamental ethos,
adaptability, and relevance to the combatant commanders'
requirements today, while shaping itself to meet tomorrow's
Role in the Future Security Environment
As we prepare for an unpredictable future, we must continue to
adapt to the ever-changing character and conduct of warfare, while
remaining cognizant of its
fundamentally unchanging "The first feature we can
nature. What Congress described predict with confidence is
as "fleet marine forces of that there is going to be a
combined arms, together with blurring, a further blurring,
supporting air components" - of warfare categories."
known today as Marine air - Colin S. Gray,
ground task forces (MAGTFs) - Another Bloody Century:
provides the primary means Future Warfare
through which we engage with
partners, assist victims, or strike with determination against our
foes. Our future remains true to the idea that a Corps of Marines -
who are well- trained, equipped, and educated in the art and
science of war - can leverage the great advantages of seapower
through rapid and decisive action in and around the littorals.
Our Nation's global interests, the international community's
need for stability, and the range of missions that must be fulfilled
demand a discriminating, multicapable force. This force must be
highly trained and educated to function in both current and
emerging operational environments against evolving foes. The
Nation requires very capable forces, covering the greatest range of
tasks, at an affordable cost that can minimize the risks inherent in
an unforeseeable future. Truly expeditionary forces must have the
ability to engage rapidly and in all conditions against enemies that
adapt weapons or tactics to fight us asymmetrically. For the Corps,
we must continue to prepare for the challenges that loom on the
horizon. We are by law, and will continue to be, the Nation's
force in readiness - "most ready when the Nation is least ready."
Marine Corps Values, Principles, and Competencies
This chapter describes our values, principles, and competencies.
They capture who we are, what we believe, and what we do .
a. Core Values . Our values reflect those of the American
people and define who we are. We are men and women who
hold true to our Core Values of Honor, Courage, and
Commitment. They are our touchstones in times of peril and
adversity. They guide the actions of every individual who has
earned the title ... "Marine"
b. Enduring Principles . Principles define fundamental beliefs
that form the foundation from which Marines derive their ethos
and basic operating instincts. The following principles help to
further define the cultural identity of Marines in the most basic
terms - they express what we believe:
Every Marine a Rifleman. Every Marine — regardless of
military occupational specialty — is first and foremost a
Expeditionary Naval Force. Marines are "soldiers of the sea,"
an integral part of the naval Services — lean, versatile, flexible,
and ready. We are organized, trained, and equipped to conduct
naval campaigns and operate on and from naval platforms, or to
fight in protracted campaigns ashore.
Combined Arms Organization. In 1952, Congress directed the
Marine Corps' composition as an air-ground combined arms force.
This integrated force, known as the MAGTF, has unique and
incomparable warfighting capabilities. Our MAGTF contains
organic air, ground, and logistics elements under a single command
element, making it an effective and integrated combined arms force.
Ready and Forward Deployed. Congress 9 intent that the
Marine Corps serve as the u force in readiness" was founded on a
recognized national need for a force capable of rapid response to
emerging crises. This requirement mandates high standards of
readiness across the force. We are routinely forward deployed around
the globe and stand prepared to respond quickly in times of crisis.
Agile and Adaptable. The Marine Corps' agility is based on its
expeditionary mindset and flexible structure, able to operate either
from the sea or in sustained operations ashore. We can adapt quickly
with unparalleled speed across an extraordinary range of military
operations. Our organizational design and training facilitate a
seamless transition between these operations, providing the necessary
capability to operate effectively.
Marines Take Care of Their Own. We q
are stewards of the most important resource}^
entrusted to us — our Nation's sons and
daughters. We make Marines, imbue them
with our Core Values, and offer them the
opportunity to serve a cause greater than
themselves. Marines live up to the motto,
Semper Fidelis. We are faithful to those who
fall and we care for our wounded Marines
and their families.
c. Core Competencies . Core competencies reflect our
particular skill sets and thus describe what we do . They provide
the basis for the level of expertise and effectiveness of Marine
Corps forces. They are our fundamental contribution to our
Nation's defense. Though enduring, they are not static; as
necessary, new competencies must be developed and honed to
meet emerging challenges.
1. The Corps conducts persistent forward naval
engagement and is always prepared to respond as the
Nation's force in readiness. We understand that true
readiness means much more than being deploy able. It
requires a force that is y
deployed with our Navy
shipmates, engaged in the
littorals, and contributing
to the prevention of
conflict. This agile force
can react rapidly across
the range of military
operations and must prevail, even thrive, in the uncertainty
and chaos of emerging crises.
2. The Corps employs integrated combined arms across
the range of military operations and can operate as part
of a joint or multinational force. Marine employment and
integration of air- and ground-based capabilities reflects
our innovative approach to warfighting. History has shown
that this approach can be applied with effect in missions
that range from security cooperation to major combat
MAGTFs are task-
organized for each
mission and can be
or as part of a joint or
3. The Corps provides
forces and specialized
detachments for service
aboard naval ships, on
stations, and for operations
ashore. Our modernization
programs for the future are
being designed to allow
Marine Corps forces to
seamlessly deploy, project power, and fight from naval
vessels or austere expeditionary bases, or any combination
thereof. Our close association with the Navy continues
today, along with a growing interaction with the Coast
4. The Corps conducts joint forcible entry operations
from the sea and develops amphibious landing force
capabilities and doctrine. When access to critical regions
or allies is denied or in jeopardy, forward deployed,
rapidly employable Marine Corps forces are trained and
ready to execute amphibious operations to overcome
enemy defenses. Together, the Navy and Marine Corps
provide the Nation with its primary capability to swiftly
project and sustain combat power ashore in the face of
armed opposition. We leverage available joint and naval
capabilities, project sustainable combat power ashore, and
secure entry for follow-on forces.
i( There is little that will sober an enemy more surely than the
knowledge that somewhere, just over the horizon, lies a force of
well-trained, well-equipped Marines in competently manned ships
capable of delivering a stunning amphibious blow at a point and
time of their own choosing"
United States Marine Corps
5. The Corps conducts complex expeditionary operations
in the urban littorals and other challenging
environments. The Marine Corps' historical ability to
conduct expeditionary operations, such as irregular
warfare, against emerging threats in complex
environments is well documented. These operations
include counterinsurgency; counterterrorism; train, advise,
and assist activities; and
stability tasks . The
complexity of these
missions has increased due
to the presence of large
numbers of noncombatants,
urbanization in the littorals,
and the dynamics of the
6. The Corps leads joint and multinational operations
and enables interagency activities. Marines are well
qualified to enable the introduction of follow-on forces
and facilitate the integration of military and interagency
efforts. This interoperability mandates the establishment of
enduring relationships and the orchestration of diverse
capabilities, organizations, and cultural awareness across
all aspects of an operation.
Marine Corps Vision 2025
The Marine Corps of the future will be the Nation's
expeditionary force of choice. It will be —
a. Dedicated to making Marines imbued with the ideal of
selfless service to the Nation. Our success as a Corps depends
directly on our ability to recruit, train, and retain the best
Marines possible. Young men and women will join our Corps
confident in our ability to train and lead them well and employ
them in ways that make a difference. Our Battle Colors have
been passed to a new generation of Marines who are shouldering
them with the same grit and determination as generations past.
They are part of a great legacy of Marines that will someday
pass our Battle Colors to yet another generation.
b. Prepared to "live hard" in uncertain, chaotic, and austere
environments. Marine Corps forces must be organized, trained,
equipped, and deployed with the expectation of operating in
inhospitable conditions against committed and competent foes.
We will maintain
mindset in our air
elements and in all
we do -
c. Deployed forward with relevant and timely capabilities.
Marine Corps forces will bring proven capabilities to combatant
commanders to accomplish a wide range of tasks. We will —
1. Operate forward with a regional focus, yet be globally
2. Execute persistent forward engagement and security
3. Respond swiftly, with
little warning, to
4. Maximize speed and
freedom of action
through seabasing, while
5. Conduct joint forcible entry operations from the sea.
6. Engage in sustained operations ashore, as required.
d. Forged to be lean, agile, and adaptable as individuals and
as an institution. We will practice a self-disciplined approach
to force design and development. These efforts will strike a
balance between being heavy enough to sustain expeditionary
warfare and light enough to facilitate rapid deployment. We
will apply lessons learned from current operations to maintain
an edge against ever- adapting opponents.
"The essence of maneuver is
taking action to genrate and
exploit some hind of
advantage over the enemy as
a means of accomplishing
our objective as effecively as
possible. That advantage
may be psychlogical,
tecnological, or temporal
as well as spatial"
Marine Corps Doctrinal
Publication 1, Warfighting
e. Focused on executing
operations. We will ensure that
we maintain the ability to sustain
ourselves in operations through
the use of either a sea base or an
initial lodgment ashore. The
organic sustainability of our
MAGTFs is a unique and critical
force enabler in such conditions,
particularly early in an operation.
We must remain committed to
fielding sustainable forces,
exploiting joint capabilities, and
leveraging the advantages of seabasing.
f. Trained and equipped to lead joint and multinational
operations and enable interagency activities. Marines take
pride in being "first to fight," and historically have a record of
being the first to respond to many emergencies and disasters.
As first responders, we have experience integrating many
organizations with different levels of capability into an effective
team. In the future, Marine Corps forces may be required to
remain actively engaged for longer periods alongside our joint,
multinational, and interagency partners.
g. Educated and trained to understand and defeat
adversaries in complex conflicts. We will go to greater lengths
to understand our enemies and the range of cultural, societal,
and political factors affecting all with whom we interact. Our
training and education programs will provide skills that enable
civil-military and combat operations and are particularly
important in complex environments. The ability to conduct both
types of operations, simultaneously, is the essence of the force
as a "two-fisted fighter" — capable of offering an open hand to
people in need or a precise jab to an adversary in an irregular
warfare environment; while at the same time, ready to wield a
closed fist in the event of major combat operations.
h. Committed to taking care of
Marines and their families. While
the ideals of service to Corps and
Country have not changed, the
conditions of service are constantly
changing, as are the needs and
wants of Marine families. Marines
have reasonable expectations
regarding housing, schools, and
family support, and it is incumbent
upon us to support our Marines in
these key areas.
The Marine Corps of 2025 will fight and win our Nation 's battles
with multicapable MAGTFs, either from the sea or in sustained
operations ashore. Our unique role as the Nation's force in
readiness, along with our values, enduring ethos, and core
competencies, will ensure we remain highly responsive to the needs
of combatant commanders in an uncertain environment and against
irregular threats. Our future Corps will be increasingly reliant on
naval deployment, preventative in approach, leaner in equipment,
versatile in capabilities, and innovative in mindset. In an evolving
and complex world, we will excel as the Nation's expeditionary
<( force of choice/'
Strategy Statement and Objectives for 2025
The following strategy statement and prioritized objectives
reflect the Marine Corps' concept to implement our Service vision.
a. Strategy Statement .
The Marine Corps' unique contribution to national defense is its
role as the Nation's force in readiness, able to respond rapidly
and decisively to crises anywhere in the world. The Corps will
continue to fulfill that role — while improving its combat
capability to prevail against emerging threats in complex
The Corps will be —
1. Organized to execute operations with lethal and lean
MAGTFs that are mission tailored and able to operate as
part of a naval and joint team.
2. Optimized to conduct naval expeditionary operations
while retaining the institutional agility, battlefield
flexibility, and initiative to meet constantly changing
conditions of war.
3. Modernized with equipment and logistics that expand
expeditionary capability and preserve our ability to operate
from the sea.
4. Postured to prevent or respond to crises with forward
positioned MAGTFs — both afloat and ashore — that are
engaged and ready to act decisively in response to
combatant commanders' requirements.
These methods will be employed in order to provide the Nation
unmatched strategic freedom of maneuver and operational
flexibility throughout the 21 st century.
b. Objectives . The Marine Corps
will achieve the following
1. Focus on the Individual
Marine. The individual Marine
will remain our most important
warfighting asset. The
recruitment, training, professional
education, and retention of high-
quality, disciplined warriors
imbued with our core values is paramount to our mission.
We will continue to exploit technology to enhance the
performance of the individual warrior. Marines at all
levels must be prepared to excel in ambiguous and
dangerous conditions, operate from a commander's intent,
and with minimal direct supervision.
2. Improve Training and Education for Fog, Friction,
and Uncertainty. Our realistic
training and education system will
prepare Marines for complex
conditions and to counter the
unexpected. It will provide small
unit leaders the tactical acumen
and knowledge to develop and
assess these conditions in order to
make sound decisions, and the
proficiency to employ supporting
intelligence, fires, and information
resources. Our noncommissioned
and junior officers will be
prepared for greater responsibility
in an increasingly complex environment while potentially
operating in a decentralized manner.
3. Expand Persistent Forward Presence and
Engagement. The Marine Corps will develop a plan to
provide a tailored, persistently engaged, contingency-
capable MAGTF in five prioritized regions:
a) East and Southeast Asia Littorals (US Pacific
b) Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea Littorals (US
Central Command [USCENTCOM]).
c) East and West Africa Littorals (USCENTCOM, US
Africa Command [USAFRICOM]).
d) Latin America and the Caribbean Basin (US
e) Mediterranean Sea/North Africa Littorals (US
European Command and USAFRICOM).
Marines will be consistently deployed in the littoral
areas of these regions and deliberately engaged per the
campaign plans of the respective combatant commanders.
First, this includes the routine, rotational deployment of
Marine expeditionary units (MEUs) to traditional Pacific,
Indian, Arabian, and Mediterranean waters in the role of
theater "first responders." Second, it compels the routine,
rotational deployment of special purpose MAGTFs
(SPMAGTFs) employed in missions such as training and
advising, stability, humanitarian support, and other theater
security cooperation activities. Lastly, it requires an
advisory group capacity within each Marine expeditionary
We will look for opportunities to increase the number
of Marines assigned to government and military assistance
organizations, including country teams. At the conclusion
of these tours, we will assign them to follow-on duties
that apply their experience to regionally-focused
operating, advisory, and security forces. We will
institutionalize training and advisory duties as legitimate,
normal career activities for all Marines, and ensure
promotion policies reflect appropriate consideration of
4. Posture for Hybrid Threats in Complex Environments.
Without sacrificing its conventional capabilities, the Corps
will prepare to conduct operations against hybrid threats in
complex environments; such as urbanized littorals,
mountainous terrain, and dense jungles. We must
successfully identify, engage, and operate against ever
evolving opponents who
will exploit irregular
approaches with modern
lethal capabilities and
will support all levels of
command awareness and
Advancements in secure
communications will extend the commander's operational
reach and enhance force protection. Our approach to
problem solving and organization, our maneuver warfare
philosophy, and our combined arms skills will continue to
serve us well in these chaotic environments.
5. Reinforce Naval Relationships. We share with the
Navy a remarkable heritage and a common perspective on
the fundamental necessity of maintaining the ability to
operate freely in the littorals. This underwrites our ability
to maintain access to foreign markets, provide
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, conduct theater
security cooperation, and protect our national interests. To
maintain this ability, we need the capability to conduct
robust forcible entry operations from the sea, maritime
interception operations (MIO), and other naval
expeditionary force tasks. This operational capability
requires the constant maintenance of relationships and
skills developed through years of side-by-side service with
the fleet. The demands of the past few years have reduced
those side-by-side service opportunities. The Corps will
place renewed emphasis on such training and deployments
in order to reinvigorate that capability.
6. Ensure Amphibious Force Levels Meet Strategic
Requirements. We are resolved to maintain the requisite
capacity of modern amphibious lift to support the Nation's
ability to execute forcible entry operations from the sea
and other combatant commander missions.
The Nation's amphibious lift requirement has two primary
drivers. The first is the capacity to support joint forcible
entry operations. This is a MEF-level requirement, defined
as the total shipping needed to lift a MEF command
element and the assault echelon of two Marine
expeditionary brigade (MEB) equivalents, reinforced by a
third MEB equivalent through the use of the maritime
prepositioning force (future) (MPF[F]). The ability to
overcome challenges to access and to project power
ashore is a basis of our combat credibility and
The second driver is the combatant commander's needs
for theater security cooperation, presence, and crisis
response forces. Since the end of the Cold War, the
frequency of these missions and other amphibious
operations has doubled due to increased requirements for
crisis response and flexible, persistent presence options
for theater security initiatives.
Given a need to balance a forcible entry capability and
increased sea based persistent presence, the minimum
force of operationally available amphibious ships must be
continuously assessed. This assessment will be conducted
in conjunction with the Navy. We will evaluate the
number and composition of ships required to maintain an
effective sea-based MEF-level warfighting capability as
well as other sea-based forward presence requirements.
7. Create Joint Seabasing Capabilities. We will improve
our ability to cross wide expanses of ocean and remain
persistently offshore at the place and time of our
choosing. Joint force commanders depend upon the sea
as both maneuver space and as a secure base of
operations to overcome antiaccess capabilities. Our
approach to both challenges is called seabasing.
Seabasing provides an initial port and airfield afloat in
the area of operations that minimizes the reliance on
ports and airfields ashore. Though the sea base must be
protected, it is the ideal method for projecting influence
and power ashore in either a discrete or overt manner.
This can be done in support of security cooperation
activities, humanitarian assistance, adversary deterrence,
or while executing major combat operations.
8. Lead J ointl Multinational. Operations and Enable
Interagency Activities. A clearly changing characteristic in
the modern battlespace is the shift from a primarily
military focus to one that achieves a greater degree of
operational integration of all instruments of national
power. Accordingly, we will extend our combined arms
approach and add a "combined actions" orientation. We
will better integrate interagency capabilities into our
training, education, campaign planning, and operations
while also improving our own capabilities to lead joint
task forces. We will offer training and educational venues
to joint, multinational, and interagency personnel. This
will assist our preparation for contingencies and build the
relationships needed when the Nation calls on the Corps to
lead or enable a joint, multinational, or interagency effort.
9. Maintain a Ready and Sustainable Reserve. We will
employ a total force approach to meet the Marine Corps'
force generation requirements. The Marine Corps will
pursue policies and operational practices to better develop
and access the skill, knowledge, and expertise of Marines
in the Reserve Component. This approach will provide the
most effective warfighting solution for the Marine Corps'
total force manpower requirements. The Marine Corps will
optimize the use of its Reserve Component as an
operational as well as a strategic force provider.
10. Build and Deploy Multicapable MAGTFs. Our
MAGTFs will be decisive across the range of military
operations with their
capacity tailored to
requirements. They will
be optimized to operate
as an integrated system
through the air, land,
and maritime domains,
and the information
environment. In order to reduce strategic and operational
risks and provide our Nation's leadership with the
capabilities and right capacity to execute the missions we
are assigned, we must be properly sized. Operational
experience confirms Congress' decision to define the
composition of the Corps as a combined arms team with a
specified structure. We will man, train, and sustain three
balanced and modernized MEFs in the Active Component.
This vision and supporting strategy establish a direction of
advance and specific objectives for our institution. This effort is
founded on our Congressionally- mandated functions, exploits our
legacy and ethos as Marines, and responds to anticipated future
challenges. As we prepare for 2025 and beyond, the Marine Corps
must pay heed to combat-proven truths that have served the
Nation well both in times of peril and in times of peace. It must
also continue to refine its capabilities for a challenging future.
In a world of dynamic change, some constants remain. The
superior performance of the Marine Corps, in every environment,
is one of those constants. Our creative and innovative mindset
ensures that we are agile — adept at anticipating and preparing for
events in an increasingly dangerous world. This agility is another
constant. Whether in the littorals, where we are most comfortable,
or in the mountains of a land-locked nation — Marines will adapt
and prevail. We are, and will remain, prepared to fight and win
when and where our Nation calls.
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